...for G&L. A little bit of back history.... I went to a large UK chain store (which happens to be the closest music store to me that deals G&L) and I tried out an ASAT semi-hollow sitting down. I was in love. I then came on here and read about neck dive issues and such I intended to go back to said store and try it out again, with strap, but it had gone. No big deal, I thought. So I ask the guy, if I wantd to buy one, if they get them regularly or if they have to be ordered. In a mildly confused manner he told me they had to be ordered, and I would have to lay down a 50% deposit on it. These basses are £1250 (approx. $2290). I don't know what the going rate for these are in the USA, could anyone inform me? I can partially understand the large deposit if its ordered from G&L with the exact specs I ask for, but in the meantime, how the hell am i supposed to try one out to know if i really do like it or not? I need to try one with a maple board! (thats another point, they tried to convince me rosewood sounded better. the whole point of it, in my opinion, is personal preference, and anyone who cared about instruments would not try and put the hard sell on me) This I found ridiculous. I'm a student, i've been saving for months for this bass, and still have a fair way to go (oh yeah, they tried to sell it me on credit. thats a laugh) But why is it the only place in north england that seems to have these dang things available are an extremely "high street", seemingly unknowledgable, possibly overpriced, bunch of monkeys! I have checked the G&L website for closest distributors. There are a couple that are an hour or so drive away but this is sheer annoyance. Thankfully, they all have phone numbers, and I am sure one of them will be a decent enough shop to give me knowledgable information and advice. Sorry for ranting, I just felt I had to get out my fury of the one music shop that stocks these (so far) dream basses are the ones I despise above all others!